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(spelled Veale in the Bond), of Southold. L. I., dated 25
January, 1691-2. and witnessed by Joshua Woll (?) and Joshua
Horton, Jr. This Bond names as arbitrators Thomas Mapes, John Tuthill, Seig'.,
Jasper Griffen and Isaac Arnold, all of Suffolk County. On the back of the document
is a memorandum, stating that Jeremiah Vail was the son-in-law of Thomas Moore.

The seal is difficult to decipher, as no tinctures are given and the emblems on the
bend do not correspond exactly with anything described by writers on Heraldry.
Perhaps they are escarbuncles.

Moore's "Indexes of the Town of Southold " states that John Tuthill, who
signed the ante-marriage agreement, was the great-grandson of John Tuthill, of
Saxlingham, Norfolk Co., England.

The arms of Tuthill of Saxlingham, are: Or, on a chevron azure, three .
argent. (BlomeSeld's Hist. Norfolk Co.)

The only arms the writer has found that agree, in any respect, with the seal in
question are those of Thorneton : Argent, on a bend gules, three escarbuncles of
eight flints or. (Berry's Encyc. Heraldry.)

In none of the heraldic works examined have the Arms of Vail been found.

rufus king, Yonkers, N. Y.

Daniel D. a Tompkins, son of Jonathan Griffin ■ Tompkins son of Nathaniel
Tompkins who was at East Chester, New York, September 6, 1684. Wanted informa-
tion concerning the latter ; also William Cooke, married Abigail Carpenter, wanted
ancestry. He was father-in-law of the late Mrs. Mary Thorne Cooke, of Stratford,
Conn. Edward TOMPKINS, Box 292, Oakland, Cal.

Burnet. — Can any information be supplied of Robert Burnet, appointed. May,
1733. " Esquire. Secretary to Nova Cesarea or New Jersey in America"? — Gentle-
man's Magazine. Was he son of Robert Burnet of Lethintic, one of the Proprieta-
ries of East Jersey? T. H. M,


Wharton. — (xxvi. 3, p. 151). See V)x. Sprague's "Annals of the Episcopal
Pulpit" for a memoir of Dr. Charles H. Wharton ; also Dr. Hill's " History of St.
Mary's Church." Burlington, X. J., of wdiich Dr. Wharton was Rector, and where he
is buried ; this latter gives a print of him. T. H. M.

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The Fields, of Sovverby, near Halifax, England, and of Flushing, New
York, with Some Notices of the Families of Underhill, Bowne. Burling,
Hazard, and Osgood. By Osgood Field, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of
London, corresponding member of ihe New England Historical Genealogical So-
ciety, and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, etc. London :
Printed for private circulation only. 1895.

This handsomely printed book from the Chiswick Press, Charles YYhittingham &
Co., Tooks Court, Chauncey Lane, London, is a valuable addition to American
genealogy. The author, a son of the late Moses Field, of this city, has spent a
greater part of his life abroad, and has devoted much time in England to genealogi-
cal work. This history of the family in England, including the origin of the family
name, shows a deep and exhaustive research of the ancient records reaching back
more than six hundred years. After giving a thorough history of the Field family,
of Sowerby, near Halifax, England, the writer takes up the genealogy of the Field
family in America, descendants of a Robert Field who came to this country between
1630 and 163S, and who was a patentee of Flushing, New York, in 1645. Though
no positive proof is shown that this Robert Field is the same person of that name
who was born at Halifax, England. August 29, 1602, yet the writer gives circum-
stances that leave little reason for doubt that such is the case. The book contains
four pedigree charts, two of which relate to the family in England, and two to the
Flushing branch of the family. The arrangement of the charts is especially good,
as they extend across the entire width of both pages, and are printed on the same
tine heavy paper used throughout the book. The great drawback with most pedigree
charts in such works is that they are printed on large thin sheets of paper, which are
soon torn and destroyed by frequent folding and unfolding. Nothing detracts more
from the pleasure of reading a genealogical work than the awkwardness of having to
refer to one of these large pedigree folders which threatens to tear itself loose every
moment. In the appendix, which occupies about forty pages, the author has given
copies of some ancient wills made by members of the Field family, and some inter-
esting notes on the Underhill, Bowne, Burling, Hazard, and Osgood families.

w. G. v.

History and Genealogy of Peter Montague, of Nansemond and Lan-
caster Counties, Virginia, and his Descendants, 1621-1894. Compiled and
published by George William Montague, also compiler and publisher of " History
and Genealogy of the Montague Family of America," 1S86. Amherst, Mass., 1894.
Svo, pp. 494, cloth.

This is an exhaustive and satisfactory book. The preface, explanations, and in-
troduction are interesting, and occupy forty-eight pages ; and a chart which not only
gives the ancestry of the emigrant for four generations, but the ancestry of the Earl
n! Salisbury, William de Montacute. traced, as he says. " not because it is supposed the
American family were lineally descended from any of these personages — but because
they all lived previous to the year 1550, at which date the will of William, from whom
it is known that the American family are descended, was proved, and therefore it
would not be out of place to mention their history as descendants of the Earls of Salis-

We disagree with this, and believe that in genealogy nothing is to be assumed,
guessed at, or claimed, which cannot be positively proved and demonstrated with
mathematical certainty, for genealogy is history, not fiction ; the latter is admired for
its beauty, but the former is valued for its truth. The Genealogy seems to be reliable,
fuli, and interesting, treating of three thousand four hundred Montagues. There
are forty-four illustrations and forty-six pages of index. There are also many
notes (rather suggested by than connected with the text) that contain names not in
the index, which is confined to names of descendants. On the whole it is a book
which will be increasingly valuable, and deals with a part of the country which has
hitherto had little genealogical history. ED.

New York City and Vicinity During the War of 1812-1815. Being a
civic and financial Local History of that period, with incidents and anecdotes
thereof, and a description of the forts, fortifications, arsenals, defences, and camps
in and about New York City and harbor, and those at Harlem and on East River and


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in Brooklyn, and on Long Island and Staten Island, and at Sandy Hook and Jersey
City, with an account of the citizens' movements, and of the military and naval offi-
cers, regiments, companies, etc., in service there. By R. S. Guernsey. Vol I.,
New York, Charles L. Woodward, 1889. Svo, pp. 4S0. Vol. II., 1S95, pp. 590.

This book meets a want, and should have a large sale, for it treats of men and
events in our own city at an important time in its history, and many are looking
up their family history, in connection especially with the wars, colonial and national,
through which we have passed. Mr. Guernsey has in his history given many names.
but explains that he did not give the Roster of officers entire, because such action
might prevent the publication of all the muster rolls, which should be paid for by the
State. He says the roll is safe, and contains the names of more than twenty-five
thousand officers and men that served in the defence of the City of New York. This
will be welcome news to many, and the work will be found full of interest to all who
are interested in that war, or this city. ed.

A Record of the Searight Family (also written Seawright), Established
in America by William Seawright, who came from Londonderry, in the
North of Ireland, to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, about the year
1740; with an account of his Descendants as far as can be ascertained.
By James A. Searight, Uniontown, Penn., 1893. Turkey morocco, gilt edge, illus-
lustrated with twenty-eight portraits and views. Svo, pp. 228.

This is a beautifully printed and well-written book. It is divided into five
branches representing the children of the emigrant, and Anne Hamilton, his wife.
The plan is to give the sketch, followed by the children, numbered with Roman
characters, and when they left descendants, to give the next generation numbered
with Arabic characters, and concluding each with the great-grandchildren not num-
bered, i.e., five generations, with full biographies.

At page 1S1 other Searight families in the United States occupy four pages.
Then follows a description of Ulster, the transatlantic home, nearly one-half from
the pen of Dr. John Hall, of our city, and concludes with twenty-eight pages on the
siege of Deny by Macaulay. We are inclined to criticise this last, because it might
have been omitted, and its place supplied with that indispensable thing in a genealogy,
the index ; for most family histories are intended to be studied for names, and used
for tracing pedigrees, and if made readable by narrative and sketches, they are still lists
of names and pedigrees, however padded, and the index is the only aid — unless one
is to read the entire book each time a name is sought for. ED.

The Stiles Family in America. Genealogies of the Connecticut Family.
Descendants of John Stiles of Windsor, Conn., and of Mr. Francis Stiles of Wind-
sor and Stratford, Conn., 1635-1S94 : also the Connecticut New Jersey Families,
1720-1S94, and the Southern (or Bermuda-Georgia) Family, 1635-1^94, with contri-
butions to the Genealogies of some New York and Pennsylvania Families, and an
appendix containing information concerning the English Families of the name. By
Henry Reed Stiles. A.M., M.U., of New York City. Jersey City, 1895.

The foundation stone of this noble octavo volume of nearly eight hundred pages
was the personal papers of President Ezra Stiles of Yale College, about the most
prominent member of this numerous American family. Its author, the first President
of our Society, enjoys a reputation as a Genealogist not surpassed by any other living
writer on that subject. Coming from such a source, it is almost needless to say
that the Stiles Genealogy is compiled in a most thorough manner, leaving nothing for
criticism, but only commendation. Dr. Stiles has prepared an exhaustive index-
extending to twenty-seven pages, and introduced sixteen portraits and other illustra,
tions, including a fine steel portrait of President Stiles, which forms the frontispiece
to this well-printed and exceedingly valuable volume. So far as the writer is aware,
there was no more important contribution of its character made to the literature of
the year 1895. J. G. w.

"^\ Genealogy of the Crane Family, Vol. I.: Descendants of Henry Crane,
of Wethersfield and Guildford, Conn., with Sketch of the Family in
England. By Ellery Bicknell Crane. Worcester, Mass. Press of Charles Hamilton,
311, Maine Street, 1895. Svo, pp. 201.

This book is illuslratedwith portraits, eight full-page portraits, the arms of the
Cranes, of Suffolk, England, and four other Crane armorials. The author treats of

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the Crane family in England, then in New England. He gives many facts and dates
with each sketch of the descendants of Henry (born about 1635, who was at Wethers-
field about 1655), giving eight generations and their children. He adds from the
Records of Connecticut those who served as law-makers and public officials, a sketch
of the galley Crane, and a Roll of Honor including Cranes who served in the
Revolution, War of 1812, and War for the Union. Pages 1S1-201 is a double-
column index. This is not the first of Mr. Crane's books, and the backing, Volume
I., promises more which will be gladly received. ED.

History and Genealogy of the Families of Bellinger and De Veaux and
other Families, Savannah, Ga. The Morning News Print, 1895. Pamphlet,
pp. 109. By Joseph Gaston Bulloch, M.D.

There is much information in this little work, and the writer starts out with a list
of eighty-nine allied families of which genealogies are given; the index is brief.
Dr. Bulloch does not adopt our plan of arrangement.

He gives the descendants of several sons of Andre De Veau, the Huguenot who,
the writer says, came from P'rance and settled in South Carolina before 1700; also the
descendants of Capt. Sir Edward Bellinger, of England, who settled in the colony of
Carolina in 1674. Although these two families are the principal ones traced, yet the
writer has touched upon and given partial genealogies of many more. Among them
may be mentioned Allen, Ashe, Barnwell, Blake, Bourquin, Box. Bull, Bulloch,
Bryan, Dunwody, Glasden, Guerard, Hamilton, Harden, Heyward, Lewis, Livings-
ton, Morel, Pinckney, Roosevelt, and Wayne. It is to be regretted that there is Mich
a great scarcity of dates and authorities ; but this very fact, which is not unusual in
genealogies of Southern families, is evidence, in a genealogy reaching back, as this
does, some two hundred years, of the great tenacity with which the Southerners
cherish the family traditions, and of the pride which they take in the lines of their
descent. w. G. v.

A Chronicle of the Ancient and Noble Norman Family of De Havil-


Including the English branches of Havilland of Dorsetshire, now ex-

land of Somersetshire. With the documentary evidences. St. Louis, 1S95.

This extremely handsome quarto volume, copiously illustrated and tastefully
bound, has been reproduced by photo process, ami slightly reduced in size, from an
i copy belonging to Merritt S. Haviland of New York City. It has been
privately printe'd for the members of the family, A. W. Haviland, of Plainfield,
N. J., and Charles Haviland Mekeel, of St. Louis. Mo. The work cannot fail to be
highly appreciated by all who are in any way connected with the ancient family and
who are so fortunate as to become possessed of a copy. J. G. w.

History of the Davis Family : Being an Account of the Descendants of
John Davis, a Native of England, \\ ih> Died in East Hampton, L. I., in 1705.
By Albert H. Davis. 8vo, cloth, pp. 197 ; illustrated. New York, T. A. Wright,

As this interesting book has been published for some time, and its value is well
known to genealogists, it is unnecessary to give it an extended notice. It is to be
hoped that the example of its author (who died before the book was issued) in thus
preserving the records of his ancestral line will be followed by members of other
blanches of the Davis family. The illustrations are three in number, and con-i>t of
a view of the I >avis Homestead, and portraits of the author and of Rev. Henry Davis.
President of Hamilton College, 1817-1833. The mechanical execution of the book
is excellent, and does credit to the good taste of the publisher. T. G. E.

Vail and Armstrong. — A Short Record of my ancestors beginning with John
Vail, Southold, L. I., 1670-1760, Francis Armstrong (from Ireland), 1727. With
a reference to the L'Hommedieu Family. By Charles M. Vail. Goshen, N. Y., 1S94.

The author of this bound octavo volume of fifty-seven pages, who is also the
publisher, lias evidently compiled it with much care, and it is to be regretted that
greater attention was not given to the proof-reading by the author ami printers, (in
the very first page this periodical is unfortunately styled the " New York General

1S96.] Book Notices. (>-<

Record." and the volume lacks an index. Notwithstanding these faults it doubtless
will be welcomed to the limited circle for whom it was compiled. J. G. w.

Items of Ancestry. This book compiled by Mrs Ida May Robinson, a mem-
ber of this Society.

Begins with Nicholas Robinson, born at Boston, Lincolnshire, 14S0. Nicholas
born 1530. his son and father of Rev. John Robinson, the celebrated minister of
Leyden, and one of the Pilgrim Fathers. Also the following families, many of them
traced to the old countries: Akerman, Jackson. Tuttle, Otis, Bailey, Nutter, Picker-
ing, Adams, Bass, Alden, Sherburne, Knight, Chapman, Tracy, Fuller, Stanbury,
De Groot, Steele, Thacher, Partridge. It has a valuable index of fourteen and a
half pages, which every genealogist prizes. The book is enjoyable and instructive,
and one that indicates much research. H. M. F.

Biographical and Genealogical Notes of the Provost Family from 1545-
1895. (Previ is r. Provoost. Provost.) By Andrew J. Provost. New York, 1895.

The record of this old and prominent family is just issued by Andrew J. Provost.
Temple Court, New York City. This book of about 200 pages printed on best
heavy grade paper, 10 x 7) among other things contains portraits of the Author and
Bishop Provoost ; the coat-armor, heraldic description, motto and history ; full
genealogical date of birth, marriage, death and issue of most every branch since
1545; biographical sketch of those who held any important civil or military office ; as
well as their intermarriages, and their eminent social positions, during and after the
colonial period, etc. Only three hundred copies were printed.

The Edward Jackson Family of Newton, Mass., in the line of Commo-
dore Charles Hunter Jackson, U. S. Army, Middletown, Conn. Compiled by
Frank Farnsworth Starr, for Jas. J. Goodwin, Hartford, Conn.

This book contains eighty-six pages ; seven of these the index, thirteen pages
the continental army accounts, besides four pages of pedigree charts. The first of
the family mentioned is John Jackson, son of Christopher, baptized June 6, 1602. at
St. Dunstan's, Stepney, London, and Edward, his brother, the emigrant to America.

H. M. F.

Genealogy of the Sahlers of the United States of America, and of
their Kinsmen the Gross Family. By Louis Hasbrouck Sahler. Utica, New
York, L. C. Childs and Sun, Printers and Binders, 1895. Cloth, 9^ x 11^, pp. 38.

If we expect to be honored by posterity, we must honor the memory of our fore-
fathers. This is elegantly printed. Three illustrations, two by the Century Pub-
lishing and Engraving Company, Chicago — viz., a portrait of S. E. Gross and the
Gross Arms ; the third a portrait engraved on steel of D. D. Sahler, by H. B. Hall
and Sons, New York, add very much to the attractiveness of a very beautiful book.


Biographical Sketch and Genealogical Record of the Descendants 01
Melancthon Hill of Connecticut, 1610-1S95. By Francis C. Hill, New York.
"['. A. Wright. Printer and Publisher, 1S95.

The Biographical Sketch fills 22 pages, the record takes 11 pages ; an index of 4
pages concludes a very pretty book, bound in flexible leather, and illustrated by two
heliotype portraits. ed.

The Descendants of Samuel Sherrill of East Hampton, L. I., New York.
By Charles H. Sherrill. Jr. New York City, November, 1S94. Svo, pamphlet, pp.

Samuel, the ancestor of this family, was born about 1649 in Ireland, married in
East Hampton, a daughter of Samuel Parsons. The second generation consisted of
a son Recompence, and a daughter Elizabeth — only the male line is given ; the third
generation numbers a dozen, and four of them left descendants which are given.
The book is finely printed, and has an index.

The Descendants of James Skiff of London. Eng., and Sandwich, M
who died AFTER 1688. Hy Frederick Lockwood Pierson, of Ellsworth, Litchfield
County, Conn., a descendant. Amenia, New York, 1895. Pamphlet, pp. 24.

This contains the names of seven generations of descendants of the emigrant
and is nicely printed. There is no index. ED.

6a Donations. [Jan., 1896.



Berkshire Historical Society. — Berkshire Book, vol. i.

Ellery B. Crane. — Genealogy of the Crane family, Descendants of Henry Crane,
Wethersfield and Guildford.

William G. Davies. — Davies Memoir. Descendants of John Davies, Litchfield.

Thomas G. Evans. — Mail and Express. Genealogical and Historical Scrap-Book.

Dr. Ellsworth Eliot. — Illustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut.

Fairfield Historical Society. — Reports, Fairfield Historical Society, 1893-5.

Osgood Field. — The Fields of Sowerby, Eng., and Flushing, N. Y.

R. S. Guernsey. — New York City in the War of 1S12-15, 2 vols.

Frederick Haviland. — A chronicle of the family De Havilland.

Rufus King. — Manual Legislature New York. 1867-71 ; Journal of Bishop
Francis Asbury, 17S6-1S00 ; Memoir of Mrs. Mary E. Van Lennep ; Travels,
Europe, Asia. Africa.

H. R. Stiles. A.M., M.D. — Genealogy of the Connecticut Family, Descendants
of John Stiles of Windsor.

Mrs. George E. Maltby. — Maltby Morehouse Family Record.

G. W. Montague. — Montague, Historical and Genealogical, Peter of Virginia,

New York Produce Exchange. — Report, New York Produce Exchange, 1S94-5.

Suffolk County Historical Society. — Honorable James H. Tuthill in memoriam.

Andrew J. Provost. — Biographical and Genealogical Notes of Provost Family.

Rogers, Carpenter and Field Co. — The Early Records of Providence, R. I.,
vol. ix.

Isaac Townsend Smith. — Ninth Report Commissioners, births, marriages, and
deaths, 1630-1699. Boston, Twelfth Report, Town Records, 1729-1742.

James A. Searight. — Searight Family.

Union Club. — F. Bartlett, Secretary, Union Club : Officers and Constitution.

C. M. Vail. — Genealogy of the Vail and Armstrong Families.

\V. G. Ver Planck. — The Colonial Order of the Acorn : Officers and Constitution.


John Lawrence Boggs, Jr. — The Book Lover, vol. i., No. 1 and 2 ; Toasts and
Responses Dinner to Baltimore and O. R. R. ; Military Education, an address ; A
Letter to Trustees of Columbia College : Three Newspapers, New York Daily Whig ;
Year Book Sons of American Revolution, 1890, Morristown, N. J. ; First Annual
Service Sons of Revolution, rSgi ; Proceedings of Second Annual Congress Sons of
American Revolution, Hartford, 1S91 ; An explanation of the difference between
S. R. and S. A. R. ; New York Ecclesiologist, vol. iv. and v. ; A Letter from James
Boorman to the Rector of Trinity Church ; An Address on the death of Lincoln ;
Catalogue Rutgers College ; Colonization and subsequent History, New Jersey ; A
sketch of William H. Harrison, Commander-in-chief of the North West in 1812 ;
Museum of Foreign Literature and Science, No. 62, 1827; Letter of John Q.
Adams, November, 1818 ; Case of Embezzlement by John VV. Reckless. Menu,
Sons of American Revolution, Newark, iSg2.

M. Langdon Bird, M.D. — Genealogy of the Bird Family.

T. F. Brownell. — Living Bachelors and Masters of Art, etc., Harvard, iSgi ;
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Catalogue, 1S93-5 ; Catalogue Phillips
Academy, Andover, 1S94-5 ; Catalogue New York Law School, 1S93-4.

Mrs. Jonathan Russell Bullock, Rhode Island. — Society of Colonial Dames,
Rhode Island.

Casualty Realty Company. — Kings, New York. Views.

A. McF. Davis. — Law' of Adultery and Ignominious Punishments ; Provincial

T. L. Pierce Ellsworth. — The Descendants of James Skiff, London, Eng.

Dr. Ellsworth Eliot. — Souvenir Album of New York Clergymen.

Richard Henry Greene. — American Historical Register, No. 6, No. 12 ; Associa-
tion Herald Madison Avenue Baptist Church, 91, 92,93; Seventh Regiment Gazette,


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By J. C. Tumpeixy.


The old-time'life
among the New Eng-
land hills was typi-
cally American, and
it has always pos-
sessed a unique in-
terest of its own.

The valley of the
river named by the
Indians Housatonick
(" the river over the
mountains ") is not
only beautiful in its
scenery, but is re-
plete with incidents
interesting to both
the genealogist, the
historian, and the so-
cial economist. The
early settlement of
Berkshire County
from Sheffield, in
1724, for many years was attended with innumerable hardships, which
developed greatly the character and courage of the hardy pioneers, who
were men of strong natures, and viewed life in its most serious aspect.
As an instance of this, we note that the first indictment found by the
grand jury of Great Barrington (a town named after the English lord
of that name) charged that Landlord Root " did willingly and wilfully
suffer and permit singing, fiddling, and dancing in his dwelling-house,

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